Location Manager/Scouts John Hutchinson, LMGI and Les Fincher, LMGI have been friends and colleagues for many years. Between them, they have covered every inch of  “the City that never sleeps!” John Hutchinson was the LMGI’s first New York member and Les Fincher joined the Guild this past year, currently holding a seat on the LMGI Board of Directors. For their in-depth conversation about working and living in New York City, please see the Winter 2019 Compass magazine or view the conversation and more photos in the gallery post.


    “New York is a blend of glitter and grit, polished gleam and funky texture. One minute it’s shiny, elegant and unattainably posh, and the next it’s as sweaty, chaotic and rough as the Lower East Side in the middle of August.” –John Hutchinson

    “New York has cinematic energy everywhere you look”- Les Fincher

    “They call it the City that never sleeps. It’s also the city that’s never dark, or deserted. Light is everywhere, and the city takes on a completely different, magic aspect at night. I love night scouting in New York City” –John Hutchinson.

    NY Skyline—John Hutchinson

    “NYC has arresting visuals everywhere you look. Movement and static graphics. Shafts of light redefining the frame. Folks on the street seem to be standing as a fashion shoot while just waiting to cross the street.” –Les Fincher  

    5th Ave, Manhattan—Les Fincher

    “Brooklyn was an independent city until 1898. If it was still its own city, it would be the 4th largest in the US, by population. 46% of Brooklyn’s people speak a mother language other than English. One out of four Brooklyn residents is Jewish.”John Hutchinson

    Brooklyn—John Hutchinson

    DUMBO, Brooklyn (short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass)—John Hutchinson

    “The skyline’s massive buildings create visual canyons of light and shadow.” –Les Fincher

    Empire State Building—Les Fincher

    “Manhattanhenge” View from East River at New Town Creek—Les Fincher

    Wall Street—John Hutchinson

    “The night lights sparkle against the dark sky, a palette for superheroes.”—Les Fincher

    Brooklyn Bridge Park—John Hutchinson

    Gantry Plaza State Park—John Hutchinson

    Times Square—Les Fincher

    Grand Central Terminal—Les Fincher

    Katz’s Deli—John Hutchinson

    Katz’s Deli—Les Fincher

    “The graffiti artists of Bushwick, whose canvas is industrial Brooklyn.”— John Hutchinson

    Boxing Gym—John Hutchinson

    Coney Island—Les Fincher

    Financial District—Les Fincher

    The Brooklyn Army Terminal—John Hutchinson

    Red Hook Grain Terminal, Brooklyn—John Hutchinson

    Russ & Daughters, Manhattan—John Hutchinson

    In Manhattan I’ve always lived Downtown—East Village, Chelsea, Lower East Side—where buildings are lower and life is less fancy than Uptown. But I love scouting both. The “real” New York, even in a time of rampant homogenization, still exists in the jumble of these extremes – Park Avenue and Avenue A, doorman coops and roach tenements, Upper West Side’s Zabars and East Houston’s Russ & Daughters. –John Hutchinson

    Brooklyn Heights—Les Fincher

    Brooklyn Heights—Les Fincher

    City View—John Hutchinson

    Rooftop View—John Hutchinson

    Bow Bridge, Central Park—Les Fincher

    Central Park View—John Hutchinson

    Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center—Les Fincher

    Warehouse—John Hutchinson

    “New York is never boring. It can be an annoying – no, maddening – place to live and work, but it never stops being surprising. Every day I go out to scout this crazy city it amazes me. Every day there’s something new, and unexpected. A rooftop I’ve never been on, with a unique view of the skyline; a Presidential Suite with JFK’s rocking chair; a new nightclub or bar, or abandoned Bronx warehouse I never saw before. To really know this city would take more than one lifetime.” –John Hutchinson